Coronavirus: 14-day quarantine for travellers arriving in United Kingdom from 8 June

Elias Hubbard
May 22, 2020

At the Downing Street briefing on Friday, Ms Patel was asked if it is fair to assume that most summer holidays overseas will not happen this year with the introduction of the quarantine measure - which would mean people returning from holidays would have to self-isolate for 14 days after their trip.

"Now we are past the peak of this virus, we must take steps to guard against imported cases triggering a resurgence of this deadly disease", Patel said at a news conference.

Ms Patel said: "When it comes to air bridges, I think we should be absolutely open to all ideas".

"Anyone failing to comply could face a fine of £1,000".

You could be fined £100 for not filling out the form, multiplying up to a £3,200 maximum amount.

A "Contact locator form" - All arriving passengers will be required to fill in an online form to provide information on their travel plans, contact details and the address where they will stay.

But it is thought that arrivals from France will have to quarantine, despite claims earlier this month there would be an exemption.

Breaches will be punishable with a £1,000 fixed penalty notice in England, or prosecution with an unlimited fine.

People should use personal transport, such as a vehicle, to travel to their accommodation where possible.

All worldwide arrivals, including returning Britons, will have to self-isolate for 14 days and provide details of where they will be staying under the plans, which were criticised by airlines, business groups and politicians alike.

Arrivals will also be strongly advised to download the NHS contact tracing app at the border "once rolled out nationally".

Quarantine exemptions: Who is exempt from 14 day travel quarantine?

No, only a "very limited" group of people are exempt including freight drivers, seasonal vegetable and fruit pickers, medical specialists and others listed by the Home Office.

"I believe that passengers will be asked to give an address in the United Kingdom and there will be spot checks and fines for those people, but I don't know the detail of how that will be implemented", she told Parliament's Home Affairs Committee.

New arrivals will be told they may be contacted at any time during their quarantine and, in England, may be visited by public health authorities conducting spot checks.

That is bad news for those hoping for a foreign summer holiday.

"But this quarantine, when it comes in, it something we will be reviewing every three weeks or so".

At the daily briefing, government chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said children were at "low risk, not zero risk" from coronavirus and that reopening schools would push up infection rates.

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